TfL Group Travel 1

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Reference: 
2015/3920
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Will the Mayor explain why, this year, the Group Day Ticket was replaced with the off-peak only Group Day Travelcard, resulting in at least double the cost for passengers, including a fourfold increase in cost for 16-17 year olds?

Answer

Answer for TfL Group Travel 1

Answer for TfL Group Travel 1

Answered By: 
The Mayor

All day ticket prices were restructured in January 2015 in order to help fund the 20 per cent pay as you go (PAYG) caps for part-time commuters. The number of part-time workers benefiting from this approach has now reached 250,000 per day.

The Group Day Travelcard introduced in January 2015 provides a one third discount off the price of the off-peak Travelcard.

Given the level of congestion and crowding on the Tube in central London during the morning peak, TfL felt that a group discount in the morning peak was no longer appropriate.  The school party travel scheme has similar restrictions.

Restricting child fares to the Under-16s brings the group offer in line with all of TfL's and the national railway's other printed tickets.

All 16 to 17 year olds are eligible for Zip photocards providing half price travel at all times.  There are currently around 200,000 of these photocards in use. 

The school party travel scheme also caters for 16-17 year olds and continues to thrive.  In 2014/15, more than one million young people and more than 170,000 of their teachers travelled free of charge in the off-peak to London's museums and other cultural venues.